The 38 Best Hand Sanitizers to Clean Hands in a Pinch


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Plus, experts explain how hand sanitizer actually works.

When it comes to
hand sanitizer
, there are two types of people: Some of us have kept a little bottle in our bag for a decade, while others only associate it with hospitals and doctors. Whichever camp you fall into, the bottom line is that we want to stay as healthy as possible. So we asked the experts to explain the ideal way to use hand sanitizer — along with their favorite recommendations.
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Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, breaks down the basics of how to use hand sanitizer properly. “Hand sanitizers are designed to kill bacteria and viruses that cause infection,” he tells
“In order for hand sanitizers to be effective, you need to use enough to fully cover the entire hands and fingers.”
How much is that exactly? “I typically recommend about a quarter-size dollop,” says Zeichner. “After applying, rub your hands together for about 20 seconds and let them dry fully.” Hand sanitizer can be drying, so after applying make sure to

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